When building Windows Azure, one of the aspects of the operating system emphasized time and time again by the company was interoperability. And, indeed, early adopters but also customers of the Cloud platform from Microsoft can testify to the fact that Windows Azure plays nice with a range of non-Microsoft technologies. The Redmond giant wanted to make sure that developers leveraging PHP and Java would feel right at home on the new platform. A new video tutorial made available on MSDN is designed to show devs how to run a Java application on Windows Azure.

After all, I bet there are people in Java-centric shops that need a bit of convincing.

“For those of you interested in Windows Azure, an open platform on which applications written in .NET, PHP, or Java can run, the Windows Azure team has just posted a new video to MSDN on how to create and run a Java application in Windows Azure,” Peter Galli, the Open Source Community manager for Microsoft’s Platform Strategy Group, revealed. More »

A second Alpha version of Firefox is planned for availability by the end of this week, the evolution from Firefox 3.7 Alpha 1 which was released almost two weeks ago to developers. Specifically, in the first half of February 2010, Mozilla offered the Developer Preview of Gecko 1.9.3 Alpha 1. In this regard, Firefox 3.7 Alpha 2 is bound to be nothing more than Mozilla Developer Preview of Gecko 1.9.3 Alpha 2.

With the Alpha releases, Mozilla is exploring development directions for the next iteration of its open source browser. The Alpha 2 development milestone will bring to the table one of the key features announced for Firefox 4.0, namely Out Of Process Plugins (OOPPs).

“We are planning to do another alpha release of 1.9.3 this week with out-of-process plugins on by default. The following bugs should be resolved on February 23rd or 24th: bug 532208 – make browser->plugin streams unidirectional; bug 545734 – hide the iframe used to submit plugin crash reports; bug 547894 – topcrash with DivX passing null to a string function; and bug 544074 – topcrash at PluginModuleChild::UnregisterActorForNPObject,” stated Mozilla’s Benjamin Smedberg. More »

A lot of people hate Internet Explorer 6 and for good reason. Developers don’t like it because making their projects work on the aging browser with all its quirks eats up precious time and users don’t like it because of its severe lack of features and poor performance. But for many upgrading isn’t an option and many businesses still rely on the browser launched in 2001. But now there is an alternative; with a plugin users will get all of the benefits of a modern browser while still running IE and the best part is that it took Google to make this happen.

“Today, we’re releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer,” software engineers Amit Joshi and Alex Russell and product manager Mike Smith wrote. “We’re building Google Chrome Frame to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave. Recent JavaScript performance improvements and the emergence of HTML5 have enabled web applications to do things that could previously only be done by desktop software. One challenge developers face in using these new technologies is that they are not yet supported by Internet Explorer.” More »

So you think that everything was going to be great and all will work fine when you upgraded to Internet Explorer 7and all your web browsing problem will be gone? but despite having the latest and stable version of Internet Explorer 7 problems still occurs, such as:

  • Internet Explorer temporarily hangs up while loading certain webpages such as those that use the contain Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin or any pages that contain client-side Java applets.
  • Web Pages takes more time to load than normally expected even if you have high speed internet connection and your computer just comes from a fresh restart.
  • Internet Explorer just stops responding and even refuses to be terminated even if you attempt to end it’s process.
  • Internet Explorer spontaneously crashes and stops running

Knowing the exact causes Internet Explorer 7 problems is just as much a mystery now as it has always been with previous versions of this web browser. More »